The South Central Minnesota Growers’ Network is a group of local, sustainable farmers and food producers who learn and share together to grow their businesses. Members largely sell their products through Community Supported Agriculture shares (CSAs), at Farmer’s Markets and through their websites.

“They love great food and sharing it with others. They value the earth, the soil health and water quality benefits of sustainable farming and clean, nutritious and tasty food. You can be confident in this food because it is what they eat and feed their families. They grow great kids and amazing fresh berries, apples, greens, veggies, mushrooms, honey, eggs, meat, herbs and spice,” said Anne Ganey, RNDC consultant.

The Growers’ Network meets monthly, October through May. The meetings include farm and producer updates, guest speakers, training, policy work, information, and resource sharing and more. Meetings are held at the Wooden Spoon, often with a hybrid zoom option for producers who need to stay closer to home. You can find the meeting schedule here.

There is no cost to be a member of the Growers’ Network. To join contact Sabri Fair at

The Growers’ Network participates in Local Foods Week, which pairs a member producer with a restaurant to feature a special dish using their product. Local Foods week has generally been held in July when fields and Farmer’s Markets are teeming with fresh greens, vegetables, herbs, and spices and more.  

Network Members:

Alternative Roots Farm/Tallgrass Cider,
Brooke and John Knisley
11197 130th St, Madelia, MN 56062
507- 439-6541
IG:  @tallgrasscider
Facebook: Alternative Roots Farm / Tallgrass Cider

Anderson Truck Farm,

Backstreet Country Market, Tina LeBrun & Tami Stadtherr
Gibbon, MN
(507) 276-8333

Barten Pumpkins, Fran Barten
5716 W. 280th St.., New Prague, MN 56071

Blue Dirt Farm, Scott Haase
8574 377th Ave, Blue Earth, Minnesota 56013
507 526-4729

Blue Earth County Farm, Madison Vandersee

Blue Earth County SHIP, Cierra Thibert
410 S. 5th St. Mankato, MN 56001

Cedar Crate Farm, Dan and Lara Zimmerli
4390 240th Ave, Waldorf, MN 56091

Clear Lake Farms, Andrea Lynn
17434 Lakeside Road, New Ulm MN 50673

Deep Roots Farm, Herman Bartsch
55922 181st Lane, Good Thunder, MN 56037

Heritage Acres Family Farm, David and Kevin Connolly
33221 245th Ave., Le Center, MN

Hermanson’s Harvest , Don and Rhonda Hermanson
44893 County Road 15, Nicollet, MN 56074

Katie Covino, Waseca County

Leuer Gardens, Hilary Leuer

Little Big Sky Farm, Dan Kapernick
30012 290th St. Henderson, MN 56044

Living Earth Center, Laura Masala Peterson
1603 N Riverfront Dr. Mankato, MN 56001

Main Street Business Focused on Food and Agriculture, Gwenn Wolters

Mankato Sustainability Group, Leigh Pomeroy

Minnesota State Southern Agricultural Center of Excellence, Nathan Hanel
Office: 507-389-7435

My Minnesota Farmer, Dean and Jean Braatz
35100 191st Ave. Montgomery, MN 56069

Moody Bees Honey
18382 478th Ln, Madelia, MN 56062
507- 381-812

Nature’s Pantry Farm, Sarah Fischer
58258 366th St. Lafayette, MN 56054

Nicollet County SHIP, Kristin Friedrichs

Rebel Rooster Farm, Becky Harhaj
57180 164th Lane, Good Thunder, MN 56037

River Rock Kitchen and Baking Co., Montana Rasmussen

Salvadore Ruiz Arroyo,

Small Business Development Center, Mike Hahn

Something New Farm, Dane Hiniker

South Central College Farm Business Management Program, Tina LeBrun
36007 605 Avenue, Lafayette, MN 56054

Stone Hearth Farm & Garden, Caitlyn Wiederhoeft 
76498 270th Street, Madelia, MN 56062

Straight Up Outside, Annie and Nick Schmitz
50279 185th St, Lake Crystal, MN 56055
(651) 233 0187

Sustainable Farming Association, Minnesota, Lucinda Winter

Sweet Alice Floral, Sarah Nett
214 S Minnesota Ave St. Peter, MN, 56082

Under the Sun Hebs, LLC, Alise Torgusen
11401 130th St. , Madelia, MN 56062

Upbeet Acres, Chrystal and Peter Lindeman
38703 Timber Lane, St. Peter, MN 56081

Valley Veggies and Flowers, Terri Anderson
52727 State Hwy 68, Lake Crystal, MN 56055

Wooden Spoon, Natasha Frost
515 N Riverfront Dr Mankato, Minnesota 56001

If you are interested in learning more about or joining the South Central Minnesota Growers’ Network, contact:

Anne Ganey
RNDC Consultant

Joel Hanif
Community Development Planner

Sabri Fair
Environment and Sustainability Planner